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伊計島

Ikei Island

It takes about 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport to Ikei Island, the outermost of the three islands. The color of the ocean is beautiful, especially around Ikei Ohashi Bridge, and the landscape is stunning. There are two pleasant beaches here: Ikei Beach, with lockers, a shop and a restaurant, and the natural Odomari Beach.

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大泊ビーチ

Odomari Beach

Known for its transparent water, this 600-meter-long natural beach is recommended for those who want to simply enjoy a leisurely atmosphere engaging in such marine activities as snorkeling. There are two parking areas; the one closest to the beach charges a reasonable fee of ¥500.

Tel: 098-977-8027
Swimming season: Year round
Admission: Adults ¥400, under 12 ¥300
Snorkeling: OK
Parking ¥500 / day

 

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沖縄伝統空手道古武道国際研修センター

International Karate Study Center

Murasaki Mura is home to the International Karate Study Center, where visitors can try their empty hand at karate. Typical classes, available in both Japanese and English, are one hour long, although extended sessions are possible. Book a lesson in advance and experience traditional Okinawan karate.

Tel: 080-3200-5471
Admission: ¥2,575 / person (¥1,620 / person with 5 participants or more)
*1-20 participants can be accommodated at one time
Closed: Sun

 

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浜比嘉島

Hamahiga Island

Hamahiga is a small island with a perimeter of only seven kilometers.According to Ryukyuan legend, this island was inhabited by the gods and hosts a number of sacred sites and spiritual places in villages full of traditional houses. To get to the island, go to Henza Island via the inter-island causeway, then take the Hamahiga Bridge, built in 1997. The island is a peaceful getaway with beautiful natural beaches.

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東南植物楽園

Southeast Botanical Gardens

2146 Chibana, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-939- 2555
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00-18:00; Fri, Sat and the day before public holidays 9:00-22:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥1,500, ages 16-18 ¥1,000, ages 7-15 ¥500, under 6 free
*Free admission to restaurant and shop on the premises *Annual passport: Adults ¥3,650, ages 15-18 ¥2,500, ages 7-14 ¥1,250

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福地川海浜公園

Fukujigawa Seaside Park

Recommended for families with young children looking for well-equipped beaches is Fukujigawa Seaside Park, which has a beach where jellyfish nets are installed. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and other activities are also on offer. The park has both a seaside and a riverside area.

 334 Kawata, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-51-2301
Hours: Apr-Oct 9:00-18:00; Nov-Mar until 17:00
Open daily

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うっぱまビーチ

Uppama Beach

With one kilometer of pure white sand, Uppama Beach can be found beyond some sugarcane fields near the Gesashi no hirugi bayashi mangrove forest. This pristine beach is recommended when visiting Higashi Village, located in a mountainous area.

292-50 Gesashi, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-56-2767
Swimming season: Year round

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どきどきヤンバルンチャー

Doki Doki Yambarunture

Tel: 0980-55-8118
Admission:
Adults: ¥
6,500 / ages 11-15 ¥4,500 / ages 4-10 ¥500 Ride hours: 9:00 / 10:20 / 11:40 / 13:00 / 14:20 / 15:40 / 17:00

*Ages 4-12 must ride with an adult.
*About a 20-minute drive from Kyodo I.C.,
the northernmost end of the Okinawa Expressway

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ヒルギふれあい公園

Hirugi Fureai Park

This is a park set in the midst of mangrove trees in Gesashi Bay. The mangrove forest has been designated a national natural monument. There is a walkway through the park and an observation deck from where visitors can observe the mangroves.

54-1 Gesashi, Higashi Village
Tel: 0980-51-2433

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